Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft to roll out on 23 Nov 2009


First state of the art JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft produced in Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra will roll out on November 23, 2009. This will start a new era in Pak-China relationship, and aviation industry. China and the Pakistan Air Force attached great importance to the project, which was materialising after almost a decade. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has recently teamed up with CAIC to produce the JF-17 Thunder light fighter, the first examples being delivered to Pakistan in mid-March 2008. The PAC has utilised all its capabilities in producing the aircraft, besides materialising orders received from abroad. JF-17 Thunder a lightweight, multi-role fighter aircraft with glass cockpit, hands-on throttle-and-stick controls and efficient man-machine interface would ensure minimum workload for the pilots. It has a maximum speed of Mach 1.6 and a high thrust-to-weight ratio enables it to perform well in air defence roles. An ability to carry short and long-range air-to-air missiles provides the aircraft first-strike capability. The first squadron, No. 26, is expected to stand-up in early 2010 and Pakistan may eventually buy up to 250. JF-17 thunder fighter aircraft will help to replace the existing fleet of PAF comprising F-7, A-5 and all Mirage planes.


2 thoughts on “Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft to roll out on 23 Nov 2009

  1. “The PAF is also seeking to arm the JF-17 with a modern fifth generation close-combat missile such as the IRIS-T or A-darter. These will be integrated with the helmet mounted sights/display (HMS/HMD) as well as the radar for targeting.”
    “The PAF was not fully satisfied with the Klimov RD-93 turbofan engine and it would only power the first batch of 50 aircraft. It was reported that a deal for a new engine, believed to be the Snecma M53-P2.”

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